Livelihoods

December 4, 2017
Visibility and confidence of women have increased in Koni village. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Rural women start bank for economic transformation

Started by women in Chhattisgarh villages from their personal savings, the Sakhi Mahila Bank has not only boosted rural women’s income but also their confidence and economic independence

December 1, 2017
Anita Devi has become a successful mushroom farmer and seed entrepreneur. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Anita Devi of Anantpur works magic with mushrooms

From an impoverished village woman to mushroom farmer and successful entrepreneur, Anita Devi has inspired hundreds of women in Nalanda to adopt the profitable venture of mushroom cultivation

November 29, 2017
Widows of Madarangajodi village await justice. (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Widowed by silicosis, women of Odisha village await justice

Young men, who joined a pyrophillite grinding factory dreaming of a better future, succumbed to silicosis, leaving families struggling for survival and justice

November 27, 2017
A Kashmiri beekeeper is seen attending to his beehives. (Photo by Athar Parvaiz)

Farmers are making Kashmir a land of honey

Farmers growing fruits and vegetables in Kashmir are doubling as beekeepers to boost their incomes, taking advantage of vast tracts of horticultural land with their abundance of flowers

November 24, 2017
Debabrat Rabha in his banana plantation in Goalpara district. (Photo by Abdul Gani)

Youth trade guns for bananas in Assam

Assamese rural youth who once worked with insurgent outfits are giving up their gun-fueled violent ways and taking to banana cultivation for a peaceful and dignified livelihood

November 22, 2017
A few dairy producer companies have grown to respectable size in India. (Photo by Premshree Pillai)

Antenatal care of producer enterprises missing in India

If producer companies that aim to benefit poor farmers are to succeed in India, critical factors such as a sense of ownership, correct assessment of economic environment and social capital need to be better thought out

November 20, 2017
Participants at an inland fish-farming workshop watch a demonstration. (Photo by Hiren Kumar Bose)

Rearing fish in farm ponds boosts rural incomes

Farm ponds, built to harvest rainwater and irrigate rain-fed fields, are doubling up as fishponds, helping farmers overcome vagaries of agriculture with an additional source of income

November 17, 2017
Traditional wooden dolls adorn a shelf in Channapatna. (Photo by Chithra Ajith)

Toy makers adapt to markets, add color to fading industry

Moving beyond toys, artisans in a Karnataka village make curios, and use new toy making and marketing methods to overcome challenges posed by cheap Chinese imports and restore the glory of Channapatna’s non-toxic wooden toys

November 15, 2017
In a roadside ghetto, Akila Bibi and others after a day’s hard work, separating white paper shreds from the colored ones for recycling. Earning Rs 3 a kg, they manage 30 kg to 50 kg a day. (Photo by Manipadma Jena)

How distressed rural migrants shelter in cities

Flood and drought often drive the rural poor to cities. Those who are landless often stay on. Risking lives under the open sky, they hope a city’s many work opportunities will help them survive somehow

November 8, 2017
Goat herds in Rajasthan. (Photo by AusAID)

Broadening domains for micro-enterprises in rural India

The promotion of micro-enterprises in villages to meet the large demand for livelihoods would benefit from out-of-the-box ideas that move beyond hackneyed activities like making papads and pickles